At the halfway point last season, Kaizer Chiefs were almost guaranteed the Absa Premiership title, having opened a gap of more than 10 points on their closest rivals. Amakhosi were on 33 points after 14 games then. But this time they are the ones doing the chasing, having amassed 25 points in the same number of games.
The Naturena-based team are currently trailing Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces, who are tied at the top, by five points. To the naked eye, this is not a good reflection on Steve Komphela who took over from championship-winning Stuart Baxter at the beginning of this season.
Be that as it may, Amakhosi’s industrious midfielder, Willard Katsande, believes they still have a good chance of retaining the Premiership title. Speaking this week, the Zimbabwean said they are not concerned about what other teams are doing but are focusing on their own race. “Don’t rule us out just yet,” said Katsande.
“We hope our win at Bloemfontein Celtic will give us a boost of confidence and help us play better are working so hard to climb up the ladder, we are taking it one step at a time, and we don’t want to rush to our destination. We just need to take our journey one step at a time,” explained the 30-year-old. Katsande said the fact that Komphela has guided the team to two consecutive cup finals should be a clear indication that Amakhosi are in good hands.
“There are a lot of changes in the team, I think the new coach came in and he is doing very well. Two cup finals in one season, I think he just needs the support of everybody, from the player to the supporters to rally behind him,” urged Katsande. Amakhosi will hope to get their seventh win of the campaign when they host Platinum Stars at their home away from home, Cape Town Stadium, tomorrow afternoon.
Dikwena could prove to be a hard nut for Chiefs to crack as they will be looking for their first win this year having lost and drawn their first two games.